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Monday, January 25, 2021

Review: Revenge of the Sluts by Natalie Walton

Revenge of the Sluts
by Natalie Walton

Thank you Wattpad Books and Smith Publicity for this copy and stop on the blog tour.

Publisher: Wattpad Books
Publish Date: February 2, 2021
328 Pages
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Double standards are about to get singled out.

In this stunning debut, author Natalie Walton tackles privacy and relationships in the digital age.

As a lead reporter for The Warrior Weekly, Eden has covered her fair share of stories at St. Joseph's High School. And when intimate pictures of seven female students are anonymously emailed to the entire school, Eden is determined to get to the bottom of it.

In tracking down leads, Eden is shocked to discover not everyone agrees the students are victims. Some people feel the girls "brought it on themselves." Even worse, the school’s administration seems more concerned about protecting its reputation than its students.

With the anonymous sender threatening more emails, Eden finds an unlikely ally: the seven young women themselves. Banding together to find the perpetrator, the tables are about to be turned. The Slut Squad is fighting back! 

My Review:

Man, I am so glad I was an adult and out of college before cell phones and social media became such a powerful thing.  Nowadays, there's cyber bullying, nudes everywhere and quick judgment from keyboard warriors/trolls.  Now imagine you're a teenage girl, in high school and all of the sudden the nudes you sent privately to your boyfriend are now included in an email with six other girls.  It's already hard enough trying to get through high school unscathed but this absolutely crosses a line.  (Anyone, if you absolutely feel the urge to send a nude photo, it is absolutely your right, but do yourself a favor and don't include your face or any distinguishing marks if you can help it.)

I feel like I didn't *quite* get what I expected to based on the title and synopsis.  It's an important subject matter to talk about.  The double standard and what is ok and not ok depending on your assigned gender.  WHY?  I don't think it's something that'll go away anytime soon.  This is an easy read in terms of the writing is good and I enjoyed having this in a relatable story... and one that's necessary to put out there.  However, I was a bit disappointed with the reveal for several reasons but I won't spoil this for anyone.  For me, I felt it kinda stripped back what I*thought* the intention was.  

Sexuality does need to be discussed more and society's view of how people should act based on whatever factor is annoying and hurtful so I appreciate this book tackling such an important topic.


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